To teach song, I'm going to be using our Primary's handbells on all the "be true" notes (if you want to see how I use the bells in primary, check out details HERE). If you don't have bells or any substitutions, you can do everything and just omit the part that involves the bells. The only problem is that's the fun part!!
For the activity, you will need the following:
- A picture of President Monson. Check the library if need be.
- The word "WORDS" and the word "STAND" written on a piece of paper. Find mine HERE;
- A picture that depicts "work," The Gospel Art Book image of the boy planting flowers would work nicely. Find it HERE.**
- A picture that depicts "play." The Gospel Art Kit (available online only) has a picture of a family playing with blocks. Find it found HERE.**
- A black piece of paper (for the word "darkness").
- A white/yellow piece of paper (for the word "light").
- The following note chart for all the "be true's"
Download these notes HERE. I printed everything on card stock and placed in sheet protectors.
To begin learning the song, pass out all of the pictures, EXCEPT the note chart pages, randomly to children (or tape them underneath chairs before primary and have everyone look to see if they have one). While the pianist plays, you and the teachers sing the song. The kids with the pictures will come up front and put them all in order on the chalkboard using magnets (prophet, "words" page, "work" picture, "play" picture, darkness, light, "stand" page). Once in order, sing the song through and ask them to count how many times the song says "be true." Whenever the word "stand" is sung, have everyone stand.
We'll quickly discuss (I'll take answers) how we can be true at work and at play, in darkness or light.
Then add the 3 pages of "be true" notes in between the images on the board. Page 1 will go between "words" and "work." Pages 2 and 3 will go between "light" and "stand."
Pass out the 5 bells needed (A, B, C#, D, G) randomly throughout your primary. If you have the octaves, I'd pass out those too so more children can play at a time!
Sing through the song pointing to each picture. When you get to the bells, the kids with the corresponding bell will ring as you point to their note. Make sure everyone stands when "stand" is sung. As another variation (thank you to Whitney for posting this on the FB Choristers' group) is to change the word/action on the word "stand." You can stomp, jump, spin, sit, clap etc. How fun! Thanks for sharing, Whitney!!
Afterward, everyone will pass their bell to their neighbor (making a nice "S" formation") and repeating so everyone will be able to eventually ring a bell.
Whenever we use the bells, we can sing a song a million times and no one ever gets bored!! Repeat until everyone has had a chance to ring a bell and the song has been sung over and over again!
**You can also take 2 blank pieces of white paper, and before primary, ask one child to draw "work" and another to draw "play" with a pencil then you go over it with a sharpie. Pat Graham at her workshop suggested this.